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Lawyers wonder, what’s the point of writing a good brief when it seems that judges barely skim them?  Judges grumble that briefs are notoriously dense and barely readable.  And yet an informative and concise brief is the time-honored way to convince the judge of the merits of your case.  In mediation as well, the brief presents a golden opportunity to have your case viewed by the neutral in the best-possible light, free of annoying objections and interruptions from your opponent.  So is it worth the effort?  According to Chief Justice John G. Roberts, “There’s nothing better than a well-written brief.”

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Lynn Duryee

Hon. Lynn Duryee (Ret.) is a San Francisco JAMS neutral who joined after serving on the Marin County Superior Court for more than 20 years. She presided over and settled thousands of commercial, contract, and negligence cases, along with every other type of civil case filed. She can be reached at lduryee@jamsadr.com.

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